What does competitiveness look like? The intensity of an NFL linebacker? The confidence of a pro golfer on Sunday? The swagger of a world-class athlete who is facing down the competition? To get to the highest levels of sport, you must be intensely competitive—but there is a serious need to keep a clear perspective on our games.
The danger comes when our competitiveness becomes life or death. It happens when athletes destroy the health with PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) in order to compete more effectively. It happens when fans issue death threats against players, coaches or officals when their team loses. It happens when the decision is made to win at all costs by college boosters or alumni.
What is the key? Balance. We must understand that, important as our games might be, they will never be the most important things in life. Paul wrote:
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Cor.4:17-18)
The same thing applies to the pleasures of this life. They are good and fine in their place—but they don’t last. That is why Moses was willing to pass up the temporal for the eternal (Heb 11:25- choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.) We must learn to view the things of this life through the lens of the eternal—for that perspective can help us to have the balance we need.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the need for healthy perspective as we consider in the various arenas of life.